This event took place in Bucks County, PA. I was the operations manager for a Marriott hotel at the time. I had been working there for probably 4 months or so at the time. I was mainly in charge of our house keeping and maintenance staff, ensuring that the rooms / grounds were in peak condition at all times.
One afternoon I was making my rounds, checking behind house keeping making sure everything was to standard. I was on the third floor about mid way down the hall when I stepped out of room 312. I had just checked off on my clipboard VR (vacant ready) when I lifted my head and looked to my left. Staring straight at me about 2 doors down was a man. He was leaning out of the threshold of room 320. He was only visible from his belly area up. Our eyes met. Just as quickly as I had seen him and we made eye contact, he darted back in to the threshold and was gone.
I guess I wouldn't have thought too much about it (just a weird guest) but my rooms report had that room listed as VD (vacant dirty). I figured maybe a guest had decided to maybe stay over and just hadn't notified my front desk letting them know so. I walked down to the room, knocked and identified myself twice. NO ANSWER. I knocked once more and identified myself and opened the door. IT WAS IN FACT VACANT! I know that was the room I had seen 'him' peaking out of. It certainly creeped me out a smidge but hey, what can you do? It was a hotel after all.
My house keeping staff was entirely Hispanic and only one spoke decent English, my house keeping manager. I went up to the 4th floor where my staff was and pulled Lourdes aside and tried to explain to her what I saw. She immediately grabbed a couple of the other house keepers and explained to them in Spanish what I had told her. The three of them looked at each other and smiled. They obviously knew something I didn't.
Lourdes explained to me that on more than one occasion the girls would tell her of experiences on the 3rd floor. I was told that before the construction of the hotel and Burger King next door, a graveyard had been moved so maybe that could be the reason? Who knows? It seems like after that initial encounter I would experience weird things such as my PBX console alerting me to a 911 call being made from a room - on the third floor. Of course though, each time, the room would not be occupied. I would always run up there just be sure and each time the room would be frigid.
Anyways, I thought I'd share another with you all. It's not very exciting I know but that experiences with all the others have helped my understanding of the after life.
Peace and Love
Miracles, thank you so much for fixing the Val's karma for me! I'm glad my recounting of the Easter egg hunts didn't seem weird - as a kid it was normal... But when I talked about it to others their reactions were definitely mixed! I think you are right though - we have more to fear from the living than the dead.
BadJuju, I totally agree!
Narella, I don't blame you for being afraid as a child... If I weren't "conditioned" as a child to think of the cemetery as a bright friendly place, I am sure the thought of the reality beneath my feet would have caught my imagination in a scary way, too!
Best wishes to all,